What To Do

Walking

There are many well established walks within Mid-Argyll. A good selection of walks to keep you busy are listed here with full descriptions and photos. There is also many miles of well maintained forestry track available. You can choose routes from 20 minutes to a full day.

Cycling

The area is ideal for road and off-road cycling. Perhaps the Loch Awe Loop at 80 miles for the dedicated road racer. There is also many miles of well maintained forestry track available.

Climbing / Hill Walking

There are many Munros to be bagged in the area, and the Arrochar Alps at the head of Loch Long is only a short drive away and includes the Munros (over 3000 ft) of Beinn Ime, Beinn Vorlich, Beinn Namain, Beinn Vane and Beinn Arthur, or what about ‘The Cobbler’ and Beinn Luibhean, both Corbetts (2500 – 3500 ft).

Glencoe and Glen Etive a 90 minute drive boasts 26 Munros, including Bidean Nam Bian, Beinn Cruachan, Buchaille Etive Beag, Buachaille Etive Mor and the awesome ridge of Aonach Eagach.

Walkhighlands offers a detailed, independently-researched guide to the ascent of every Munro, including full route descriptions, stunning photography, Ordnance Survey mapping at 1:25 000, route downloads for your GPS, Gaelic pronunciation podcasts for all the hills, 3D fly-throughs and much more.


Fishing

Fishing-Argyll state that the Argyll coastline is larger than that of France, with many sea lochs penetrating far inland and with hundreds of islands, large and small, it has to be one of the most picturesque areas in the world. And amidst this beautiful backdrop some fine fishing can be found. Fresh water fishing is available on Loch Awe, close to Inveraray. Loch Awe Boats, Ardbrecknish, has fishing tackle, hire and sale Tel: 07703 112422. Guide to fishing in Argyll.

Boating / Diving

Canoes, Row, motor and cabin boats for hire for fishing and family expeditions on Scotland's longest fresh water loch set in magnificent West Highland scenery, rich in history and wildlife with enchanting islands and ruined castles to explore. Loch Awe Boats, Ardbrecknish Tel: 07703 112422.

There is a dive centre in the Argyll Caravan Park a three mile drive. Most facilities are available including air and boat launch of the slip.

Cruises

Craignish Cruises offer guided whale / wildlife watching boat trips and private charters from Ardfern to Corryvreckan Whirlpool, Jura, Scarba and the Garvellach Islands on the purpose built 60 passenger catamaran Sea Leopard II. Tel 07747 023038.

Day Cruises from Oban with Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries sail to a variety of destinations. Tel. 01475 650100.

Seafari Adventures operate out of Oban. Tel. 01631 563122.


Swimming & Spa

The Loch Fyne Hotel and Spa is a few minutes walk and includes a 15m indoor pool, Jacuzzi overlooking the loch and a sauna and steam room. The Sonas Spa has 4 treatment rooms offering a range of spa therapies and beauty treatments including aromatherapy, european massage, reiki, hot stone massage, manicures and pedicures. Tel. 01499 302148. There is also a larger, public pool at Lochgilphead a 40 minute drive.

Horse Riding & Paintballing

Argyll Adventure is only a 3 mile drive and provides horse riding, pony rides, paintballing, wall climbing, bungee trampolines, bouncy castle, laser blast and crossbow target shooting. Hours of fun for all the family. Phone 01499 302611.

Golf

There are 25 golf courses within Argyll & the Isles, many of them charming little 9-hole tracks, where green fees are left in an honesty box placed near the first tee and golf is played over moorland fairways that lead to little bunkerless greens. Others are set hard against the Atlantic Ocean on Scotland’s west coast, the Machrihanish Dunes shares breathtaking views and a majestic dunescape with the neighboring Machrihanish Golf Club, a world-top-100 course laid out in 1879 by Old Tom Morris himself.

The Glorious Gardens

There are many outstanding plants to be discovered including species rhododendrons, magnolias and fine specimens of conifer, some of which are the largest trees in Britain. There are in excess of 18 gardens to visit in Argyll including the National Trust's magnificent Crarae Gardens is only 8 miles away.


Castles

Inveraray Castle is the must see visitor attraction in Argyll, open from April to October. Although there are many castles in the area, few of them are occupied and most lie in ruins. List of historical attractions.

Ardkinglas House was completed in the autumn of 1907 and is generally considered to be the architect Sir Robert Lorimer’s masterpiece. It was built at a time when traditional materials were skillfully and creatively mastered by expert craftsmen but where a wealth of new technology could be incorporated into the design. The house remains practically unaltered and is a very popular location for TV dramas, film production and product launches.

Heritage Attractions

There are many heritage sites in and around Inveraray Argyll. Inveraray Jail, Scotland's living 19th century prison, is open all year round.

Auchindrain Township, an open air museum, is an original West Highland Township, presenting a taste of what life was like for the Highlander in past centuries.

The Bell Tower of All Saints Episcopal Church, Inveraray. The striking outline of All Saints Bell Tower can be seen for miles along Loch Fyne, dominating the town of Inveraray. The bells have the second heaviest ring of 10 in the world! Great views of Inveraray from the top of the tower which is reached via 176 steps and a informative exhibition. Open July to Oct.

Kilmartin Glen is located between Oban and Lochgilphead, surrounding the village of Kilmartin, on the west of Scotland. The area spans 5,000 years with a multitude of cairns, standing stones, carved rock, stone circles, forts and castles. Kilmartin Glen is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.

There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six mile radius of the village, with 150 of them being prehistoric. Monuments include standing stones, a henge monument, numerous cists, and a ‘linear cemetery’ comprising five burial cairns. Several of these, as well as many natural rocks, are decorated with cup and ring marks. The remains of the fortress of the Scots at Dunadd, a royal centre of Dal Riata, are located to the south of the glen, on the edge of the Moine Mhòr or Great Moss.